Lake Delton, WI
“Flight Over Wichita” Stainless, Plexiglass sculpture by Tom Montemurro 32″x31″x16″ $3,500
Nature inspires me. I am drawn to mechanical objects planes, trains, automobiles, motorcycles. These seemingly very different directions and ideas, of which the common denominator is movement in one way or another, motivate me. How can I express movement within the confines of unforgiving, durable materials such as metals and woods?
I began welding metal sculptures over 50 years ago. Now I work in woods, resins, Lexan, and metals; some stylized figurative, some abstract, some combinations of found objects. I do what I do because I feel like it at the time, often with humor, never satisfied to work in one direction or material, but always expressing a feeling of movement.
Some of my favorite work is done by combining very different materials in surprising ways. Although many of my pieces are table-size, my preference is still to make large, outdoor pieces, such as a twelve-foot-tall bronze horse and rider.
I never stop producing art . Experimenting and creating new sculptures of varying sizes and materials, expressing nature in all of its forms, and being inspired by new ideas.
About Flight Over Wichita:
As a student at Wichita State University, I was frequently aware of how much aircraft activity there was. Aircraft manufacturing was a main industry. A military airfield, a commercial airport, and a number of private airports kept the skies busy. The wind, too, was ever-present.
These fragments of stainless bring to mind wings and wind. Different colors and different entities of military and manufacturing are inter-related into common concerns: Flight and Exploration
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